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Personal Preparations for the Holidays

Past Sessions
Thursday, October 5, 2023 20 Tishrei 5784 - 1:00 PM
Thursday, September 28, 2023 13 Tishrei 5784 - 1:00 PM
Thursday, September 21, 2023 6 Tishrei 5784 - 1:00 PM
Thursday, September 14, 2023 28 Elul 5783 - 1:00 PM

In Person, Led by Rabbi Werbow in Coordination with IYUN

The Holidays take us on a ride through reverent devotion, raucous exuberance, quiet contemplation, sober self-assessment and unbridled joy. It can all be a bit overwhelming. Preparing ourselves in advance can help get us ready to face all that Tishrei and the Holidays will bring us.

The sessions in this series will focus us on the themes of the Holidays and how we can get more out of them. Together with Rabbi Werbow, participants will create a purposeful, conversational space that probes the animating questions, rhythms and fundamental gestures of the chaggim. By doing so, the group will arrive at Tishrei a little more open, more ready, and more connected with one another.

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SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

September 14: Rosh Hashanah - Learning to Listen, Learning to Cry
The Torah describes Rosh Hashanah as a "day of shofar blasts."

  • What can we learn from a day that asks us to listen?
  • What are the qualities of listening that we might learn from this holiday?
  • What does listening require of us?

September 21: Yom Kippur - Teshuva and Reinventing Ourselves

  • How do we change ourselves or make change within ourselves?
  • Does it come from the inside? The outside?
  • What conditions enable change?

September 28: Sukkot - The Opportunities of Vulnerability and Impermanence

  • What is the difference between being at home and having a home in the world?
  • Where do you feel most at home?
  • How do you define home at various stages in your life?
  • Is it important to have a home?
  • What opportunities for personal growth do we encounter when we embrace vulnerability and impermanence as a natural part of life?

October 5: Setting Times

  • What kind of activities do we invest in and why?
  • How does the way we spend our time demonstrate our values and priorities?
  • What is really important to us?

Click here to learn more about the High Holidays at TI!

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